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Religion briefs: National Day of Prayer is Thursday


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Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), meets at the Scottish American Society Hall, 917 Louden Ave. in Dunedin, from 10 to 11 a.m. Sundays from October to May and every first and third Sunday from June to September. Call (727) 372-6382.


Community United Methodist Church, 3214 U.S. 19, offers a contemporary service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday with RedX Praise Band leading the worship. The traditional service is at 11 a.m. and the Rev. Dan Campbell will preach at both services. The first of three meetings for a new members' class will be in the church parlor from 9 a.m. to noon May 10. Call (727) 937-3268 or visit the Web site at

Holiday United Church of Christ, 4826 Bartelt Road, offers Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. preceded by coffee fellowship at 10. The Rev. Drew Willard is the pastor and his sermon for Sunday is: "The Advocate." Adult Bible study is at 9 a.m. The church offers a prayer shawl group that meets from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays to knit, learn to knit or crotchet prayer shawls and chemo caps for those in need. The Men's Fellowship will serve and all-you-can-eat blueberry pancake breakfast from 7:45 to 11 a.m. May 3 in the Leek Fellowship Hall. The cost is $3. Call (727) 937-1520.

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Road, offers Mass at 8 and 9 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 8 a.m. Saturday. Weekend Mass is at 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday and at 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday. There is a Vietnamese Mass at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Reconciliation is at 3 and 7 p.m. Thursday. Adoration vigils are at 11 a.m. Monday to Friday. The Lady's Guild of the church will meet at 11 a.m. May 13 for a Mass for the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. After Mass, a potluck luncheon will be at the Family Life Center with a main course of chicken prepared by the guild. A business meeting will be after lunch. Call (727) 938-1974.


Faith United Methodist Church, 12128 State Road 52, will host a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. today. The Men's Group will provide scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, biscuits and gravy, orange juice and coffee and tea and all the regular or buckwheat pancakes you-can-eat for $3. The Ladies Group will have a bake sale at the same time. Call (727) 856-5000.

St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, will present an overview of First Thessalonians with geographic and historical context that helped shape the gospel of early Christians at 1:30 p.m. May 8. Dr. Robert Coughenour, author, archeologist, pastor and professor will present the lecture under the sponsorship of the Adult Education Committee of the church. The event is free. Call (727) 863-5646.

St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 15801 U.S. 19, will celebrate Easter Tide each Sunday through May 11 with the traditional teachings that follow Easter in prayer and sermons at 8 and 10 a.m. There is a Friday service at 11 a.m. each week. Christian Education and child care are available at 10 a.m. Sundays. Call (727) 863-8560 or visit the Web site

Grace Bible Church, 9403 Scot St., presents the documentary video drama Voice of the Martyrs — the story of eight American teens who visited the underground church in Vietnam — during 6 p.m. services on Sunday. There will be time for discussion, information and prayer after each video segment. Call (727) 863-2747.

Lakewood Church of God, 12637 Pony Lane, offers worship services at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. Children's church is during the morning worship. There is a Bible study at 7 p.m. Wednesday and the church offers a club for teens. The pastor is David Parham. Call (727) 856-1770.

Immaculate Conception Old Roman Catholic Church, 8531 Bolton Ave., a traditional Catholic church, offers Mass at 9 a.m. Sundays and 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Some daily Masses are in Latin and the Sunday Mass is in English. Call (727) 819-3788.

Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 12321 Canton Ave., offers a contemporary Music and Majesty service at 6 tonight. On Sunday, there will be services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. The youth of the church will serve as ushers at the 11 a.m. service. Adult Bible class and Sunday school are at 9:45 a.m. The quilters will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday to work on quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Call (727) 863-6446 or visit the Web site at


Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 20735 Leonard Road, offers services at 9, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays. A month-long study of John 3:16 is at 4 and 7 p.m. each Wednesday throughout the month, concluding on May 7. Call (813) 949-7173 or visit the Web site

New Port Richey

Iglesia de Dios, Ciudad Refugion, which meets at the River of Praise Church, 5320 Palmetto Road, offers Spanish speaking services at 1:30 p.m. Sundays and at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays for Bible study and prayer. The pastor is Jose Perez. Call (813) 766-7826.

Presbyterian Church of Seven Springs, 4651 Little Road, will host Church Women United as they celebrate May Friendship Day at noon Friday. Bring a covered dish and the topic will be "God's Wisdom Inspires Hospitality" from the scripture in Matthew. Call (727) 849-2464.

First Baptist Church of New Port Richey, 6561 Circle Blvd., offers Sunday school for all ages at 9:45 a.m. and worship services at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. Children's worship is during the 11 a.m. service. On Wednesdays, there is a fellowship supper at 5 p.m. and activities for all ages from 5 to 8 p.m. Guy S. Sanders III is the pastor. Call (727) 849-4210 or visit the Web site at

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4125 U.S. 19, offers a hymn sing at 10:15 a.m. Sundays with a worship service at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Paul Richards' sermon will be "Joshua, It's Time for a Choice." Roundtable meets at 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays and coffee fellowship is at 9 a.m. Thursdays. Call (727) 849-4905.

River of Praise Church, 5320 Palmetto Road, offers Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and worship services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays and at 7 p.m. Wednesday. On Sunday, the church will celebrate Friend Day with special music and a sermon by the church's pastor, Bishop Ron Peeples. Call (727) 849-2762 or visit the Web site at

Covenant Christian Church, 6813 Indiana Ave., offers worship service at 10 a.m. Sundays. The pastor is the Rev. Bob Panariello. His sermon for Sunday is: "Be Served To Serve?" The church offers a men's ministry meeting at 9 a.m. Saturdays, women's ministry at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month and services at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Prayer Warriors meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Fridays and the Institute of Ministries meets at 7 p.m. Fridays. The church is forming an Azusa Singles Fellowship for those who are widowed, divorced or single and 40 years old or older. The first meeting is an event planning meeting at 7 tonight. Refreshments will be served. Call (727) 842-4566.

Family of Faith Church, that meets at the Colonial Hills Civic Center, 3852 Prime Place, is a full Gospel believing congregation. Worship service is at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, Bible study and Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Call (727) 204-1881 or visit the Web site

Love is for Eternity Ministries, 7511 Little Road, Building C, offers Christian recovery, growth and support groups each week. There are groups for alcoholics, an Al-Anon group, biblical 12-step groups for all addictions and a parents' support group. Call (727) 847-0222 for times and dates or visit the Web site

Faith Lutheran Church, 5443 Sunset Road, offers worship services at 8 and 11 a.m. Sundays. Sunday school and Bible classes are at 9:30 a.m. The church also offers a 5 p.m. Saturday service. Call (727) 849-4418.

First Church of the Nazarene, 5342 Avery Road, offers Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., morning worship at 10:45 and evening worship at 6 each Sunday. The church has a Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Call (727) 849-3998.

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles St., offers the Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. each Saturday with services at 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. Sundays. Sunday school classes are during the 9 a.m. service. A healing service is at 10 a.m. each Thursday with Bible study afterward. The Rev. Raymond E. Dage also conducts a Bible study at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Ascension Day will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday and the Feast of St. Philip and St. James will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday. Bishop Dabney Smith will perform the sacrament of confirmation for those who have completed confirmation classes on May 4. Call (727) 849-4330.

Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road, offers services at 8:10, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday plus midweek adult and children's ministries. The pastor is Bill Strayer. Call (727) 376-7733 or visit the Web site

Community Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 6533 Circle Blvd., offers a worship service at 10 a.m. Sundays. There will be an anthem by the choir and coffee hour after the service. The pastor is the Rev James Wood. Call (727) 849-1943.

Spirit of Life Church, 4133 Thys Road, will have a Spring Festival from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Call (727) 849-6962. Call (727) 519-4137.


Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists, 18412 Burrell Road, offers a service at 11 a.m. each Sunday with a coffee discussion group at 10 a.m. Children's activities and child care also begin at 10 a.m. Call (813) 792-1622.

Port Richey

King of Kings Lutheran Church, 10337 U.S. 19, offers a praise service at 8:30 a.m. Sundays with a traditional service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Howard Nielsen leads a Bible study at 9:30 a.m. Mondays. Call (727) 868-5744.

Unity Truth Center, 5844 Pine Hill Road, offers a sermon on "Yearning for Truth: Duality Diving" by David Jehien at 10 a.m. Sunday. Call (727) 848-7702.

Congregation Beth Tefillah, a conservative house of worship that meets at the Jewish Community Center, 9841 Scenic Drive, offers Shabbat services at 8 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. There is an Oneg Shabbat and Kiddush after each service. The first Friday of each month is a Family Shabbat. Sunday school lessons through bar/bat mitzvah age is offered each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and adult Hebrew lessons are at 10 a.m. every Sunday. Al Goldberg, spiritual leader of the congregation, teaches a rabbi's adult education class at 11 a.m. each Monday. On Friday, the congregation will honor Joanne McLain, a long time member with a 100 birthday celebration at 8 p.m. She is the treasurer of the Women's Club of the Jewish Community Center. Call (727) 847-3814.

Calvary Chapel Pasco, 6454 Ridge Road, offers contemporary worship and Bible teaching at 10:30 a.m. Sundays with children's services at the same time. The church also has Bible study at 7 p.m. Tuesday and a 7 p.m. worship service on Wednesdays. Call (727) 534-1626.

Salvation Army the Corps and Worship Center, 7745 Ridge Road, offers Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and a morning worship service at 11 a.m. each Sunday. Call (727) 815-8539.


Shoresh David Messianic Synagogue, 4320 Bay to Bay Blvd., offers a presentation by Holocaust survivor Frank Dukes-Dobos at the Yom HaShoa service at 7:30 p.m. Friday. At the service the six million Jewish lives that were murdered during World War II will be remembered. Call (813) 831-5673 or visit the Web site at

Tarpon Springs

Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, 230 Grand Blvd., offers a service at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Call (727) 947-4448 or visit the Web site at

Congregation B'nai Emmunah, a Reform Jewish Synagogue, 3374 Keystone Road, offers a Shabbat evening service at 8 p.m. every Friday with an Oneg afterward. On the last Friday of each month will be Simcha Shabbat with blessings for those who are celebrating special days including birthdays, anniversaries, new homes and new children. Saturday morning Shabbat services and the study of the weekly Torah portion are at 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month. Call (727) 938-9000.


Trilby United Methodist Church, 37504 Trilby Road, offers a Jam Session from 3 to 6 p.m. every Saturday night at the Gathering Place at the church. Musicians are welcome. Call (352)567-0081.


Chabad of West Pasco, which meets at Trinity College, 2430 Welbilt Blvd. in Room 203 on the second floor, offers biweekly Torah studies at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month. The Chabad also offers a Jewish Women's Circle. Call (727) 376-3366 for times and dates.


First Presbyterian Church, 5510 19th St., offers worship services at 10 a.m. Sundays with Sunday school for adults at 8:30 a.m. and for children at 9 a.m. The Rev. John Caster is the pastor. Call (813) 782-7412.

Please send religion story ideas and religion notes to Michelle Jones at [email protected] or fax to (813) 684-2457 or call (813) 685-2200. Correspondence can also be mailed to Michelle Jones at P.O. Box 558, Valrico FL 33595.

Celebrate National Day of Prayer

Thursday is National Day of Prayer. Here are two special invitations:

Christian Social Services, 5514 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes, will sponsor the National Day of Prayer at noon Thursday at the First United Methodist Church of Land O'Lakes, 6209 Land O'Lakes Blvd. On May 4 at 7 p.m., Daniel Rodriguez, New York's "Singing Cop," will present a charity concert. Tickets are $20. Call (813) 995-3533.

Asbury United Methodist Church, 2404 Thys Road, New Port Richey, will observe the 56th National Day of Prayer on Thursday. The sanctuary will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for people to pray. Call (727) 842-8136.

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